The operating system that runs on Apple’s Mac computers is only designed to run… on Apple’s Mac computers. But when Apple switched from using PowerPC processors to Intel chips, a Hackintosh scene arose, with users figuring out how to install Apple software on non-Apple hardware.

But the writing has been on the wall since Apple started to transition from Intel chips to Apple Silicon: the Hackintosh scene’s days are numbered. And recently those numbers have started to get smaller and smaller, because the latest versions of macOS have begun dropping drivers for older Macs. And that means that if you want things like WiFi and Bluetooth to work properly, you’ll either need to stop installing new versions of macOS or implement workarounds that could have a significant impact on security. Developer Aleksandar Vacić explains that it’s all downhill from here.

This Hackintosh handheld PC is powered by a LattePanda Alpha with an Intel Core i5-8200Y processor (iketsj / YouTube}

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Hackintosh is (almost) dead [Aleksandar Vacić]

The end is (nearly) night for the Hackintosh scene (running macOS on non-Mac hardware) because while Apple still supports systems with x86 processors, it no longer offers WiFi & BT drivers in the latest builds of macOS. That means it’s going to get harder and harder to run the latest versions of macOS on non-Apple hardware without resorting to workarounds that could compromise the overall experience.

Exclusive: Google Pixel 8a boasts 120Hz display, Tensor G3, DisplayPort output, better availability [Android Authority]

Google could introduce the Pixel 8a in May, but according to leaks it could have a 6.1 inch, 2400 x 1080 pixel, 120 Hz OLED display, a Tensor G3 processor and the same cameras as the Pixel 7a (64MP + 13MP ultrawide + 13MP front). It’s expected to be available in more markets than the 7a at launch. What remains to be seen is whether it will be enough cheaper than the Pixel 8 to be an attractive option.

Plex pulls the plug on VR apps, including Google Daydream [9to5Google]

Plex is ending support for its media streaming service’s VR apps for Google DayDream, Gear VR, and Oculus Go headsets. They may continue to work for the time being, but won’t be actively updated.

Steam Deck VS MSI Claw! Gaming Performance Tested [ETA Prime / YouTube]

The MSI Claw is the first handheld gaming PC with a 20W-30W Intel Meteor Lake processor featuring Arc graphics. But the Steam Deck with a 15W AMD RDNA 2 GPU still offers higher frame rates in many games, plus longer battery life. Intel driver updates may help, but Meteor Lake isn’t off to a great start in the handheld space.

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  1. How long before LLM-generated FLOSS driver updates are being used to prevent older hardware from becoming e-waste?

  2. In the words of Derek Smalls, can I raise a practical question at this point? Will Intel Macs be able to run Windows when they no longer work with Mac OS? I’m more interested in running Windows on older Apple hardware, than trying to build a Hackintosh. I wonder if there is a way to clean install Windows on my Intel Mac Mini without using BootCamp because the MacOS partition is always quite large.

    1. Definitely. Start by using BootCamp because that lets you download the drivers, and if you’re deleting Mac OS then getting them later will be a pain. Use that to prepare all the Windows drivers you need to install, but then skip the rest of the Bootcamp steps. Boot to your Windows ISO and erase your MacintoshHD partition on installation. Don’t touch the EFI one as it’s not standard. This will use the whole internal disk for Windows. Once it’s booted, install any drivers you need and you should have a Mac that only runs Windows. You can install Mac OS to an external USB disk for situations where you need it, but you won’t be able to reinstall Mac OS on the disk unless you shrink the Windows partition which is possible but not easy.
      Note: This also works with Linux, except drivers are not provided by Apple. A lot of stuff works in my experience, but that is not guaranteed.